Starchy Vegetables To Avoid For Weight Loss
If weight loss is your goal, you should know about these 5 starchy vegetables that can hurt your weight loss efforts. It is true, when it comes to weight loss, not all vegetables are created equal.
Starchy vegetables for instance, are high in carbohydrates and are a rich source of energy. However, consuming these vegetables in large amounts can have you gaining weight if you are not using up the stored energy. Lack of activity will convert the energy to fat.
Starchy vegetables aren’t neccessarily bad for you. When you consume the proper amount they are nutritous, filling, and healthy. Today, I will discuss five starchy vegetables that are healthy but can ruin your weight loss efforts if you eat too much.
Let’s first talk about portion sizes.
An important and often overlooked factor of weight loss, is portion size. A half cup of vegetables is often the recommended serving size. There are many who really don’t know what a half cup looks like which leads them to consume more. A good way to understand portion size would be relating a half cup to the size of a cupped palm and one cup equivalent to your fist. Ok, so now on to the list.
5 Starchy Vegetables To Watch Out For
1- Green Peas
There are about 30 grams of carbohydrates in one cup of green peas. What this means is that you will be getting 20% of your carbohydrate intake if you are on 150 carbohydrates per day, and 30% if you are taking in 100 grams of carbohydrates.
2 – Parsnips
You will be getting about 26 grams of carbohydrates in one cup of boiled, drained parsnips. This means on a 150 gram a day carbohydrate diet, you will be getting 17% of your daily intake, and 26% if you are taking in 100 grams of carbs a day.
3 – Yams
You will be getting 37grams of carbohydrates in one cup of cubed yams that are boiled and drained with no salt, or baked without salt. This is equal to 25% of your carbohydrate daily intake if you are eating 150 grams of carbohydrates per day, and 37% if you are eating 100 grams of carbs per day.
4 – Corn
There are about 41 grams of carbohydrates in one cup of corn bolied and drained without salt. This is around 27% of your carbohydrate allowance of 150 grams of carbohydrates per day, and 41% if you are eating just 100 grams of carbs per day.
5 – Black Beans
There are many health benefits of eating black beans in moderation. It is smart to eat black beans when you are trying to lose weight because of all the healthy nutrition they have. However, you will get 41 grams of carbohydrates in one cup of black beans that are bolied and drained without salt. You really need to make sure of your portion size here.
If you are trying to lose weight, think of the ratio of carbohydrates to portion size of the food you are about to eat.
The problem with these 5 starchy carbs, when trying to lose weight, is that there are a lot of carbohydrates in such a small portion size. If you break down all the carbohydrates in all the food you eat in a day, you will see how easily and quickly you will meet the daily number of carbohydrates you are trying to stay within.
It is very important when trying to lose weight to track the food you eat to make sure you are staying on track in all aspects of nutrition. Carbohydrates should never be eliminated from any diet as it is our main source of energy. That being said, taking in too many carbohydrates without burning them off will have them converted into fat.
So, if weight loss is your goal, just remember to reach for the fruits and vegetables that are lower in carbohydrates and stay active.